Once you’ve begun to see lines, wrinkles, and other age-related cosmetic changes on the various areas of your face, they become impossible to ignore. We need not ignore these changes. We can grow to accept some of them. Those we cannot accept, we correct! One of the most common ways that adults correct the signs of aging is to inject controlled substances beneath the skin Injectables include Botox and dermal fillers. We have access to a variety of injectable products, so we’ve got you covered. The question is, which are right for you? We’ll discuss that here.
A Look at Botox
Botox was first approved for wrinkle-reduction in 2002. It’s almost hard to believe doctors have been using this cosmetic drug for nearly two decades already. How time flies when you’re making a difference! To date, Botox has been one of the most significant advances in aesthetic medicine and also one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments to correct the signs of aging. The results of one round of injections can last as long as six months, though most people begin to see a return of minor wrinkles after three to four months.
The way that Botox works is important to understand because it lays the groundwork for seeing which injectable treatments may be right for you. Botox works via injection into target muscle tissue. Initially, this drug was approved for use on frown lines between the eyebrows. Today, Botox injections smooth the forehead, crow’s feet, and also raise a heavy eyebrow line.
Why Would I Need Anything Else?
With Botox being so effective, why would you consider other injectables? Because Botox works on muscles only. Not all age-related problems are caused by muscle tightness. Some problems are caused by volume loss. The cheek area, the undereye area, and the lower face as a whole are given contour by fat. There are fat pads under the eyes, in the upper cheeks, lower cheeks, and even near the jawline. With age, the fatty tissue that gives the cheeks their projection gets depleted. This decreases contouring in the mid-face. When the mid-face has less contour, the lower face droops. This is why we get jowls and deep creases around the nose and mouth.
Volume loss cannot be corrected with Botox. In this instance, we use various dermal filler products to increase the contours of different parts of the face. To restore the mid-face, Dr. Smith may use Juvéderm Voluma or an appropriate Restylane filler. Both work by binding to water molecules in a deeper layer of the skin.
The driving factor in choosing which injectables are right for you is what you wish to accomplish. You may achieve your desired result with Botox alone or dermal fillers alone. In more severe cases of facial aging, we may use a combination of both. In any case, we recommend injectables based on the needs we discern during your comprehensive consultation. To schedule your visit, call 337. 477.0011.